Title: A Bride in Store
Author: Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
William Stanton has always wanted to be a doctor, but has never been able to save enough money to afford medical school. He is too generous, in some people’s view, with the people he treats medically as many can’t afford to pay him. He is also partners in a store with his friend Axel. In a surprise move, Axel has sent away for a mail order bride unbeknownst Will. She arrives earlier than planned and needs a job, so Will lets her work at the store. During their working hours, the two form a friendship. Will knows he feels more than friendship for Eliza, but they seem to have two very separate dreams for their lives that don’t coincide with the other person’s dreams. Will has always felt doctoring is God’s call on his life. Surely God can’t be calling him to give up the only woman he has ever loved to leave town to become a doctor, can He?
Eliza Cantrell has worked in a store since the age of nine. She knows all the ins and outs of storekeeping and how to sell to make a profit. She voices her ideas for change in Will’s store almost immediately upon her arrival. Even though she arrives penniless after being robbed on the train into town, she refuses to give up on her dream of running a store. She sees Will being taken advantage of and soon realizes why his store can’t make a profit since he gives things away! She can’t understand why he won’t charge for his medical services or why he creates sales for certain people. However, these same traits that frustrate her also cause her to admire and respect him. She begins to see there is much more to this man than she initially thought. Will she let God give her the strength to throw off her selfishness to see to the needs of someone else or will she hold tightly to her dream once it begins to bloom?
This is a wonderful story of compassion, sacrifice and love. Will Stanton displays Christ to others through his unselfish acts of kindness, compassion and loving others more and before himself. What an example of God in action in the life of this man! The story was a bit slow in some parts and there isn’t a lot of action, but the way Will shows his love is remarkable. Eliza learns about being unselfish and doing what is right at a cost to herself, with no gain for herself from Will’s actions. I look forward to reading more of this author’s works that are hopefully in the same vein as this one.
My rating is 4 stars.